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Simulation

Description

Simulation games are created with the goal of putting the player in control of a certain activity while attempting to make it as realistic as possible.

In the strictest sense of the word, all electronic games are simulations, since they cannot exist without simulating aspects of real life. However, simulation genre only includes games that focus (entirely or mostly) on imitating real-life activities. That does not mean that simulation games must be completely realistic; for example, space combat simulation games simulate an activity that is (yet) unknown to human beings. The distinguishing feature of simulation games is their emphasis on realism and detail comparable to those encountered in real life.

Most simulation games are not story-driven, since they concentrate on describing general activities, not concrete situations. Among notable exceptions are Wing Commander games, which combine space combat simulation with a continuous narrative.

Simulation themes vary greatly; theoretically, they are limited only by the amount of activities known to human beings. Simulation themes include, for example, traffic networks, medical care, romance, music, and many others.

Simulation games can be roughly divided into five main groups:
  • Managerial simulations put the player in a position of a manager or a similar role.
  • Construction simulations primarily involve building, for example cities.
  • Life simulations may deal with human life or life in general.
  • Professional / Social simulations are dedicated to specific social activities and professions.
  • Vehicle simulations allow the player direct control of a vehicle with a certain sense of realism, for example plane, space ship, tank, etc.
Simulation can also be used as a modifier for other genres, for example Strategy (realistic re-creation of historical battles), Racing / Driving (particularly realistic vehicle-handling, tuning, repair, etc.), or Sports (team management, training, trading, etc.).
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Commodore PET/CBM (1980)

In Toker the player must smoke virtual cannabis from a bong. The player can move a match along the weed...

TurboGrafx CD (1994)

In the first installment of the Tokimeki Memorial series, the player takes the role of a male student at the...

Tokimeki Memorial 2 PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PlayStation (1999), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

The second game in the Tokimeki Memorial series is not directly related to its predecessor story-wise. The story takes place...

Tokimeki Memorial 2 EVS Append Disc PlayStation 3 Front Cover

PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

The Tokimeki Memorial 2 EVS Append Disc was published on three additional discs for Tokimeki Memorial 2 to allow the...

PlayStation (2000)

The Tokimeki Memorial 2 EVS Append Disc was published on three additional discs for Tokimeki Memorial 2 to allow the...

PlayStation (2000)

The Tokimeki Memorial 2 EVS Append Disc was published on three additional discs for Tokimeki Memorial 2 to allow the...

PlayStation (2000)

The Tokimeki Memorial 2 EVS Append Disc was published on three additional discs for Tokimeki Memorial 2 to allow the...

PlayStation 2 (2001)

The third entry in the Tokimeki Memorial series follows the same story template as its predecessors: the protagonist is a...

Tokimeki Memorial: Forever With You SEGA Saturn Front Cover

Windows (1997), PlayStation (1995), SEGA Saturn (1996), PSP (2009), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

This is an updated version of the first Tokimeki Memorial. This version has improved graphics and sound, new cut-scenes, and...

PlayStation 2 (2002)

Tokimeki Memorial: Girl's Side is just what its title implies: a dating simulation game similar in style to the main...

PlayStation 2 (2001) and Dreamcast (1999)

In Tokyo Bus Guide, players drive on three real-world routes of the Toei Bus service. In addition to stopping at...

Tokyo Xtreme Racer Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (1999)

Get in your fast car and race around the Tokyo highway at night, challenging drivers from rival gangs to a...

Tokyo Xtreme Racer Drift PlayStation 2 Front Cover

PlayStation 2 (2006)

This fifth installment in the Tokyo Xtreme series, focuses more on the "drifting" style of racing and has two different...

Tomahawk DOS Front Cover

DOS (1987), Commodore 64 (1986), Apple II (1987), Atari 8-bit (1986), ZX Spectrum (1985), Amstrad CPC (1986) and Amstrad PCW (1986)

Flight simulation specialists Digital Integration turned their attention to helicopter flight in this recreation of the AH-64 Apache. All the...

Tomcat Alley Windows Front Cover

Windows (1995) and SEGA CD (1994)

Tomcat Alley is one of the last of Sega's TruVideo games for the SegaCD, featuring you and your F-14 Tomcat...

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon Windows Front Cover

Windows (2001), PlayStation 2 (2002), Xbox (2002), GameCube (2003) and Macintosh (2002)

The year is 2008, and Russian rebels have taken over Moscow in an attempt to restore the old communist regime....

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (Collector's Pack) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

Apparently only released in the UK and Germany, this compilation contains: Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (base game) Tom Clancy's Ghost...

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Desert Siege Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Macintosh (2002)

It's 2009, and a 60 year conflict in Africa has reached boiling point. Ethiopia has invaded neighbor Eritrea, blocking shipping...

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2003)

This Gold edition includes the original game and one expansion pack:Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (full game)Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Desert...

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon (Gold Edition) Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002)

This compilation includes the main Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon game and the two add-ons Desert Siege and Island Thunder.

Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon: Island Thunder Windows Front Cover

Windows (2002) and Xbox (2003)

The Ghosts are an elite team of U.S. Army Green Berets, sent to Cuba as part of a UN peacekeeping...

Tom Clancy's H.A.W.X iPhone Front Cover

Symbian (2011), iPhone (2009) and webOS (2010)

In H.A.W.X, the player stars as U.S. Air Force pilot David Crenshaw, in the year 2014. After a covert operation...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Windows Front Cover

Windows (1998), PlayStation (1999), Nintendo 64 (1999), PSP (2009), Macintosh (1999), PlayStation 3 (2009) and PS Vita (2012)

You have been recruited by John Clark to be a member of Rainbow, the most elite counter-terror team in the...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Dreamcast Front Cover

Dreamcast (2000)

The Dreamcast port of the first game in the long-running Rainbow Six series of tactical shooters includes both the original...

Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six Game Boy Color Front Cover

Game Boy Color (2000)

The Game Boy Color version of the original Tom Clancy's Rainbow Six game scales back the 3D visuals of the...

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